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East Tennessee couple sentenced for faking baby miscarriage to bilk donations

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Aug 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County couple accused of making up the pregnancy and subsequent death of unborn twins to collect donations for bogus funeral expenses pleaded guilty to charges including fraud last week in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

The husband reportedly went so far as to show photos of dead babies to his employer, and the wife reportedly showed her victim prenatal ultrasounds of twins she later stated she’d “lost.”

Courtney Ladawn Murrell, 27, 160 Choptack Road, Rogersville, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years probation, 192 hours of community service and a $100 fine on Aug. 19 in exchange for guilty pleas to theft under $500 by fraud and creating the false impression of death. A felony theft over $500 charge was dropped.

More on the case is available at TimesNews.net.